So you’ve graduated from college and they’ve handed you the piece of paper. You begin to think, what’s next? Where do I go from here?
Logic will tell you to start the job hunt by looking at the reputable brands in the hope of earning a secure job that offers decent money while simultaneously adding another layer to your CV. And why wouldn’t you? That’s the logical thing to do right? It’s pretty much the path that I was sure I’d take when I was working my way through college.
On the other hand, if you were to ask yourself, what’s the best thing I could do that will enable me to learn about business, expand my way of thinking and get me the exposure I need that will allow me to learn the tools needed to be successful in my field down the road? Wouldn’t be cool to be in position a few years down the line when companies are saying “Ok, I NEED that person, they think outside the box”? Yup I think it would.
So you’re probably wondering by now, ok what’s the advantages of working in Startup land? Well here’s a few that I’ve noticed.
When I began at working Tr3Dent, there’s no other way to describe it, I was thrown in at the deep end. I began on my first day and while most people who have graduated with a marketing degree go into the first day of their first real job and are greeted by a fully functioning marketing department, in my case I myself was now the marketing department. A little scary but I immediately got the sense “Ok I’m going to learn some stuff here”
You learn, you learn a lot!
One of the best things about working for a startup means you often find yourself getting outside of your comfort zone. Somebody recently said to me “Get into a startup early enough and you’ll learn a lot” You will often get asked your opinion on strategy, product design and things you never learned from a book in college. Every day you’re soaking up stuff that you may not get by working in the corporate world at an early stage in your career.
Larry has a point!
You’re not just a cog in the wheel
One of the main perks of working in small Startup is you almost immediately get to know how the business ticks and how your contributions can impact it. Your work will almost definitely have a direct influence on the business. Imagine how good that’s going to sound when you’re applying for jobs in the future?
You’ll be in the eye of the storm
Most Startups are trying to change the way things are traditionally done, to simplify or are trying to create something new. The best thing about this mission is that all those working toward it are equally passionate and determined toward achieving it, therefore, you will find yourself in the midst of constant innovation, learning new things, learning to think differently, learning about real stuff.
Don’t get me wrong, by no means is working for a startup in the early stages of your career the only way to learn about the holistic structure of a business and how a company ticks, but what it will do is give you the exposure to learn new and different things that will undoubtedly stand to you in the future and help you along the path of professional success. So if the opportunity arises, go work for a Startup.